A Brecon Beacons-based food company, renowned for innovation and quality ingredients, has announced exciting expansion plans.
Beacon Foods, which has been established in Brecon since 1993, plans to more than double the size of its existing 36,000 sq ft factory on a 3.8-acre site on Brecon Enterprise Park over the next three years with financial support from the Welsh Government.
The investment will safeguard the existing workforce of 120 and create new managerial posts as the company looks to develop new products and secure more business in an increasingly competitive market.
The first phase of the expansion will increase the production area and introduce new cooking methods to broaden the company’s product range. The second phase will increase the temperature controlled storage areas for frozen and chilled products.
“The phased expansion project will greatly increase production capacity, grow turnover, give us more flexibility and allow us to offer our customers a new range of added value ingredients,” said chairman Edward Gough, who co-founded the successful business with his mother, Rae.
“Over the past 24 years, we have built up a strong business supplying our customers with high quality ingredients backed up with great customer service and have continually invested in our business in terms of facilities, equipment, staff and innovation.
“This new investment will put the business in a great place for the next 10 to 15 years. We operate in a very competitive market and our investment, supported by the Welsh Government grant, will make us even more competitive, which will benefit the company and our customers.”
Grant aid has been awarded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Union.
Grant aid has been awarded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said: “I am pleased Welsh Government investment has helped Beacon Foods to expand its business. This is good news for the company and its employees, the local economy and for Wales’ thriving food and drink industry.
“This is further evidence of the success of the Welsh food and drink sector and the effectiveness of our strategy to support it. Here in Wales we have forged a reputation for developing unique, high quality products and the industry is already more than half way towards reaching our target of 30% growth from 2014 to 2020.
“We remain absolutely committed to supporting our food and drink producers in a variety of different ways and ensuring this success is maintained in the years ahead.”.
Beacon Foods’ customers range from food manufacturers and food service providers to the travel and leisure industries across the UK and Europe. The company’s huge selection of ingredients can be found in a vast range of food products on sale in major retailers, quick service restaurants, independent food companies, the food service industry, airlines and trains.
In addition to raw ingredients, Beacon Foods prepares, roasts, chargrills, flame-grills, boils, steams or caramelises ingredients to exact specifications and has won awards from the British Sandwich Association, Great Taste, Pizza & Pasta Association and Food Processing.
Continual investment, over the years, has seen Beacon Foods automate packaging to provide portion controlled sachets and dip pots, develop a high care department – which sits alongside low risk and high risk departments – to produce ready to eat raw products and introduce a Redzone continuous improvement system to make the factory more efficient.